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Hello, good evening and welcome to the Canada GP quiz.
Some tricky little numbers to stretch the mind for you. (there may or may not be some helpful hints in the spoiler titles).
1) Montreal hosted the 1976 Olympic Games which were famous for almost driving the city bankrupt. Williams GP are having their own problems at the moment but along with McLaren have won an event of a different kind which is unique to this GP weekend. What is it?
The mechanics raft race held in the Olympic rowing lake in the middle of the circuit
2) Canadian Rock Star Bryan Adams sang about the "Summer of 69" which was a highly successful international hit. In the 1969 Canadian GP, Canadian F1 Driver Al Pease was not so successful. He became the first and so far only F1 driver to be black flagged in a world championship race for doing what?
Driving too slowly, when he was black flagged he'd completed 22 laps...
Back in 1991 Nigel Mansell had been persuaded not retire after his time at Ferrari and re-joined Williams. What took him back to Williams was the first Adrian Newey design Williams F1 car, the FW14. The 1991 car did not have the infamous active suspension of the FW14B but it was still a very advanced racing car.
The car proved fast but unreliable in the early races. Patrese took a second place in Brazil and Mansell the same in Monaco, in the other races the Williams failed to finish.
Then came Canada.
Patrese put his car on Pole, 0.4 seconds quicker than Mansell. At the start of the race Mansell took the lead and there he stayed for 68 laps. Meanwhile Patrese was having trouble with his gearbox and was passed by Nelson Piquet in the Benetton and Stefano Modeno in the Tyrrell.
Mansell was cruising at the front. On lap 65 he set the fastest lap and was stroking the car home. On the final lap he was over a minute ahead of Piquet and looked set to take his first victory...
Ah the monaco gp the glitz the glamour, the yachts, the harbour, the jewel in the crown & according to reports the most viewed race globally at 110 million viewers. it is the only Grand Prix that does not have to adhere to the FIA's mandated 305 km minimum race distance for F1 races. so its 78laps instead of 91. sad story for the 1st ever winner of monaco gp in 1929 William Grover-Williams who was captured & killed by the nazis in final few months of the war remaining.
but on brighter news. when you think of the Monaco GP you cant help of think of
Sainte devote - the corner that is 100m from Sainte-Dévote Chapel that is named after & dedicated to Saint Devota, the patron saint of Monaco.
Casino square - which has been Featured in 3 bond films & also in weird quirk Charles Leclerc is forbidden by law to even set foot in the Casino. because its illegal for people born in monaco but legal for people of other nationality but live...
Saturday 11th May see's Formula back in Monte Carlo for a third time. The race takes place every two years as on the even numbered years the Monaco Historic Grand Prix takes place. You couldn't really put two more distinct events on every other year.
Sebastian Buemi won in 2015 and 2017, I suspect he won't be winning this year but given the season we have had so far who the heck knows. 8 races, 8 different winners, it's like F1 1982 style!
Paris was the first ever properly wet e-Prix, in fact we not only had rain but there was hailstones and beautiful blue sky's as well. What can we expect in Monaco? I have no idea but I will be witnessing my first ever live e-Prix at the "most glamorous circuit on the calendar" (that's what it says on the website). I blagged tickets in the St. Devote grandstand so will try and get some good pictures to share with you all.
When my mind turned to the Spanish gp I was thinking that Fernando Alonso was of course the big name there. Then I tried to think of other successful Spanish drivers and I drew a blank. I can name other Spanish drivers of course, but not one who was what you might call successful. So I got auntie google to give me a hand and I was surprised to find that there hasn't been another Spanish F1 champion, ever, not even another gp winner which astounded me to be honest.
However Spain has had lots of F1 races at various different tracks over the years, indeed in 2013 they celebrated their centenary of hosting F1 races, yet apart from Fernando Alonso they haven't managed to produce an F1 champion. Then again they've never produced a winning team either, their only team entry being the HRT Team, formerly Hispania Racing and Campos Meta 1 (no, I don't remember them being called Campos Meta either). Sadly the team, started by a former F1 driver who had an unsuccessful F1 career in the 1980s,...
F1's whistle stop tour of countries with small F1 fan bases and dodgy human rights comes to Azerbaijan in the last week of April for a race round the 'historic' city streets of Baku. You can tell it's 'historic' because there is a castle and everything. It's fair to say that when this Grand Prix was first put on the calendar it was universally hated. Firstly it was yet another street circuit, secondly it called itself the European Grand Prix when Azerbijan is not in Europe, and thirdly it was set up to clash with the 24 hour race at Le Mans. Frankly it was the worst PR campaign since someone said "hey Mr Millerband let's get a picture of you eating that bacon sandwich" - however a few years in and something has changed. It turns out that the circuit lay out generates interesting races and now, for the first time, the majority of the F1 fan base are looking forward to coming back here.
So why does the layout create good racing? Well basically it's two circuits in one with a tight...
This weekend see's all 3 major single seater series running races. F1 is running it's 1000th race in China, Indy car is at Long Beach and the streets of Rome will be alive with the sound of electric cars with the second running of the Rome E-Prix. Last year's race was a bit of a thriller with lots of wheel banging and the eventual winner being Sam Bird. It's a victory he could really do with reordering after the DNF last time out.
Also running near the front last year were Mahindra, Teechetah and Renault. Renault are now of course Nissan who have the in form Oli Rowland leading the way for them this year. Rowland has looked good without actually getting great resultas of yet but seems to be getting the best of Sebastian Buemi and second last time out is a good starting point. Jean-Eric Vergne won last time out and that has catapulted him into championship contention again but the real ones to watch are Audi who always seem to come good as we get into the European season. Having...
It has fallen to me to put together the PQR thread for the 1000th GP.
How to celebrate this historical moment? A reflective thread? An historical thread? A look back in to Chinese history with a tenuous link to F1 in some shape or other? Nah, lets do some F1 by numbers:
1 – Number of constructor’s championship titles won by Vanwall, the first team to win the trophy when it was introduced in 1958.
2 – Number of Formula One races entered by Bernie Ecclestone. He failed to qualify for either
3 – Lowest number of race wins in a career by a driver to have won the world championship (Phil Hill and Mike Hawthorn)
5 – Number of female drivers to have entered at least 1 GP
7 – Number of teams to have won a single F1 world championship race in their racing history.
8 – Lowest total number of wins by a team to have won the world constructors title since its introduction in 1958 (Brawn GP)
9 – Most wins by a team never to have won the world constructors title since its introduction in...
In my time in F1 I've never witnessed a driver have so many spins in similar circumstances in such a short space of time. Now 99.9% of us understand that, whether we like him or not, Sebastian Vettel is a top class driver so why on earth does this keep happening to him?
Many things have been suggested with the latest being an 'aero hole' that effects the Ferrari more then others when there are other cars alongside. This would explain why Vettel has gone round in a spin in some very odd ways. For instance the one in Brazil he appeared to go round a different way to what you would expect.
I would have gone along with that one if it hadn't been happening so frequently and only to Sebastian. Could it be that Vettel is either making errors in anger or, worse, 'cracking' under pressure? He managed to wreck his tyres do badly in Bahrain yesterday that it ripped his...
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